The global livestock sector today faces a significant challenge: how to continue contributing to the development of societies around the world while also contributing to the urgent need to improve environmental sustainability. While this higher level of commitment to environmental objectives is building, project teams working on the ground to develop privately or publicly funded interventions in the sector often lack information and tools to mainstream environmental objectives into livestock investment projects.

Providing this support to teams on the ground is the aim of the ISL Tool.

This inaugural version of the tool, which has as its focus environmental considerations, is based on the identification of seven principles of environmental sustainability in livestock production and processing. Drawing on these principles, it provides practical guidance for six specific contexts, i.e. livestock farming systems.

This tool is not prescriptive. It is meant primarily to support project teams and stakeholders in decision-making about the environmental objectives, approaches, activities, and desired results of projects with livestock components.